European Parliament wants Maltese PM to resign

BRUSSELS, The European Parliament Wednesday expressed concern over the credibility of investigations into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed in a bomb blast in Malta in 2017.

In a resolution adopted with 581 votes to 26 and 83 abstentions, the EP stresses that “any risk of compromising the investigations must be excluded by all means” and warns that this risk will persist “as long as the Prime Minister remains in office.” The resolution points to the allegations of corruption and money laundering against the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and in particular his Chief of Staff and the former Minister for Tourism, other government members and private companies and individuals connected to them.

The resolution regretted that parallel investigations “have not advanced or have not even been launched”.

“Developments in Malta in recent years have led to serious and persistent threats to the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights”, says the EP, highlighting its concerns over freedom of the media, the independence of the police and judiciary, the freedom of peaceful assembly and the separation of powers.

The EP also asks for Malta’s investor citizenship and residence schemes to be abolished, as these effectively sell EU citizenship and pose a threat to anti-money laundering efforts, the fight against cross-border crime and the integrity of the Schengen area.

Finally, the text welcomes the creation of an annual “European Daphne Caruana Galizia prize for outstanding investigative journalism.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency